/ Asked by Robert
I have a gap in my work history, partly because of time spent pursuing coursework, and partly because of time spent looking for a new job. I am seeking some basic advice on how I might rewrite my resume in a way that both presents the gap in my work history in a positive light, and addresses my goal of a career change. Any guidance you may offer would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Congratulations on taking time to focus on your future. A gap in work history doesn't have to be a bad thing as long as you can demonstrate how you spent your time working towards your goals.

Focus on the positives - the education you were pursuing, any community organizations you stayed involved with, leadership roles at school and in the community, and most importantly, highlight how your past experience and education helped you learn new skills or hone a specific talent that prepares you for the career change you're seeking. Use your revamped resume to tell your story of progress and you may be surprised to see how many hiring managers are interested in considering you for a position in their organization.

Best wishes in your search for a new career!
Answered by Shara, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Friday, September 11, 2015
Great question! Many employers will not be surprised to see a gap in employment, especially with the way the economy has been the last 7+ years. I would recommend that you keep true and honest to your employment dates, but to fill in gaps with anything you did to keep up on your skills, i.e. volunteering, courses, etc, or anything you did to help prep you for this career change you seek. It will help those reading your resume to understand what you've been doing while looking for work. This information can also be displayed in your cover letter to a prospective employer. Discussing why you had a gap in your career and what you are looking to do will give them the real story about you and your goals. Good luck!
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Gaps in work history are nothing to hide, the most important thing is that you do exactly what you are talking about which is address it up front!  You can use the objective statement to speak to the change in careers, and when making a change in careers try and order your resume with the most relevant information first.  For example, if you are switching from Oil & Gas to nursing and just finished your nursing certification, be sure and introduce this objective at the top, and then put education first, and experience a little lower down on the resume. No need to dwell on the work history gap, however be sure and be prepared to speak about it during any interview with a sense of purpose and the thoughtful approach that you took to make the decision to step away from work.  Best of Luck! 
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